17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
2
Tsuruoka
— 2 nights
3
Takayama
— 2 nights
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
5
Osaka
— 1 night
6
Tokyo
— 2 nights

4
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes teamLab Borderless, Magical Trip Tokyo Bar Hopping Night Food Tours, Harajuku Tourist Information Center, and other attractions you added. Senso-ji Temple and Odaiba District are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: stop by Kiddy Land Harajuku, wander the streets of Akihabara, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tokyo visit site.

Washington DC, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Washington DC to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. In February in Tokyo, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. On the 29th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tsuruoka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Nightlife
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Shimokitazawa ©
Shimokitazawa
Kiddy Land Harajuku ©
Kiddy Land Harajuku
Omoide Yokocho ©
Omoide Yokocho

2
nights
Tsuruoka

Tsuruoka ©
Tsuruoka, famous for its scenic surroundings, attracts tourists due to its proximity to the Dewa Sanzan, sacred mountains revered by the Shugendo religion.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Risshaku-ji Temple as well as Nyuto Onsenkyo. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Hommyoji Temple.

To find maps and tourist information, refer to the Tsuruoka online tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Tokyo to Tsuruoka in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in February, things will get little chillier in Tsuruoka: highs are around °F and lows about °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Tsuruoka

Historic Sites Spas Baths

Side Trips

Nyuto Onsenkyo, Risshaku-ji Temple
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Hommyoji Temple ©
Hommyoji Temple
Risshaku-ji Temple ©
Risshaku-ji Temple
Gyokusenji Temple ©
Gyokusenji Temple

2
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hida Ichinomiya Mizunashi Shrine, see the interesting displays at Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan), explore the world behind art at Furui Machinami Museum Kiyoshi Yamashita Gengaten, thenlook for gifts at Shofuen Matsuno Chaho, and finally have fun and explore at Hida Takayama Retro Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Takayama road trip site.

Getting from Tsuruoka to Takayama by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or fly. Traveling from Tsuruoka in March, expect nights in Takayama to be about the same, around °F, while days are a bit warmer, around °F. On the 4th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Soyuji Temple ©
Soyuji Temple
Shofuen Matsuno Chaho ©
Shofuen Matsuno Chaho

4
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
You've now added Mt. Koya to your itinerary. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kennin-ji Temple and Tofuku-ji Temple. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kyoto Gyoen National Garden and Kamigamo Shrine. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Koyasan Okunoin (in Koya-cho) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kodai-ji Temple, get great views at Mt. Kurama, contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and wander the streets of Arashiyama.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online trip maker.

Drive from Takayama to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Kyoto are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Dotombori District
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Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple
Kodai-ji Temple ©
Kodai-ji Temple

1
night
Osaka

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, steep yourself in history at Naramachi Koshino Ie, identify plant and animal life at Sakuya Konohanakan, thenstop by Tower Knives Osaka, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asazawasha Shrine, and finally see the interesting displays at Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yasui Shrine, thenadmire the natural beauty at Yoshikien, and then get outside with Eeyan.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Osaka trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °F in March, and nighttime lows around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Nara, Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda
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Naramachi Koshino Ie ©
Naramachi Koshino Ie
Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda ©
Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda
Yoshikien ©
Yoshikien

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes teamLab Borderless, Harajuku Tourist Information Center, Omoide Yokocho, and other attractions you added. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): view the masterpieces at teamLab Borderless, make a trip to Tsukiji Nippon Fish Port Market, thenappreciate the extensive heritage of Omoide Yokocho, and finally browse the different shops at Sunshine City Alpa.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo road trip tool.

Getting from Osaka to Tokyo by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Museums Classes
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Sunshine City Alpa ©
Sunshine City Alpa
Shimokitazawa ©
Shimokitazawa
Omoide Yokocho ©
Omoide Yokocho

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